(FRESNO, Calif.) — A student-drawn poster of Jesus encouraging people to “kill all infidels” is sparking debate over whether the drawing is sacrilegious or just a harmless classroom assignment.
The drawing is one of several that are displayed in the lobby of Hamilton Elementary School in Fresno, Calif.
The poster was turned in by a seventh grade student whose class was given the assignment to create a help wanted poster for soldiers to fight in the Crusades, ABC News’ Fresno station KFSN reported.
The Crusades were a series of religious wars waged by the Catholic Church in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries against the Muslim Turks, to regain access to holy sites in Jerusalem.
A color pencil drawing of a man wearing a Jesus name tag is in the center of the paper. Splashed across the top and bottom of the poster is the caption, “I want you to kill all infidels.” The phrases “meet me in Jerusalem” and “get a free ticket to heaven” are also written at the bottom of the poster.
“I do believe common sense tells you, hey this may not be appropriate for a K through 8 school, right in the main lobby where each child passes on their way to school and home,” Chris Alfaro, who has a second grade daughter at the school, told KFSN.
Alfaro and his wife said the principal agreed to address their complaint after the report aired in Fresno.
The poster is still on display.
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